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Eight in custody now called suspects in murder

  • Kurt McCartney.

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 30, 2013

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The eight people who were being questioned over the weekend in connection with the shooting death of businessman Kurt McCartney are now considered suspects in the case and remain in custody, Superintendent Stephen Dean said yesterday.

"They are suspected of some form of involvement," he said. "They are still in custody. They are suspects."

The group includes six women and two men, according to Dean.

Dean said he could not reveal the ages of those suspects.

Some of the suspects have been in custody since Friday.

Dean pointed out that in cases where police have to hold people for a long period of time, officers apply for an extension.

"So everything is legal," he said.

While police believe they have a starting point, Dean said police are still looking for a prime suspect.

Kurt McCartney, who is the brother of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney, was shot in Gambier Village on Thursday night.

On Monday, McCartney announced that the family is offering a $50,000 reward for credible information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of his brother’s killer or killers.

Since that announcement, Dean said police have been getting a steady stream of calls from people claiming to have information on the murder.

He said detectives are looking into every lead.

"We are feeling good about the investigation,'" he said. "We are just waiting for that big break. That's all we need."

During a press conference at his law firm Halsbury Chambers on Village Road on Monday, McCartney appealed to people with information on his brother's murder to come forward.

“…We feel that someone knows and we will pay for that information, $50,000,” he said.

McCartney said he hopes the reward will assist police in concluding their investigation.

“This was done after discussing the situation with police,” McCartney said.

“This wasn’t done on our own accord. We wanted to take the directions from the police so they are aware of the reward.

“We know that they are doing a very fine job this far in this investigation, and again we thank them for that.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 911, 919, Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS.

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